RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Triple-digit temperatures are expected to continue Saturday in the Riverside County metropolitan area, the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley as a result of a heatwave that will keep those areas scorching hot through Monday.
Temperatures are expected to top out at 102 in Lake Elsinore and 99 in Temecula.
A strong system of high pressure is building over Arizona and New Mexico, ushering in sweltering heat in most of Southern California through Monday, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that will be in effect from 10 a.m. today through 8 p.m. Monday in the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, while a heat advisory will last from 10 a.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday in the Riverside metropolitan area.
NWS officials urged residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Also, young children, senior, and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle parked during the day, with car interiors able to reach lethal temperatures in minutes.
High temperatures today are forecast to reach 118 degrees in the Coachella Valley, 106 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 105 in Hemet, 103 in Riverside, and 90 in Idyllwild.
Sunday’s highs will be 117 in a number of Coachella Valley communities.
Slight cooling will arrive on Tuesday and continue through Thursday, forecasters said.